It had more betrayals, affairs, alliances and scheming than a soap opera.
Now the BBC is to turn best-selling novel Wolf Hall, which laid bare the vicious realities of the court of Henry VIII, into a mini-series.
The six-part adaptation will be based on Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning bestseller, and her follow-up Bring Up The Bodies.
Set in England in the 1520s, it will show a nation on the brink of disaster and civil war because the ageing king has no male heir.
The book follows Thomas Cromwell who came from humble beginnings as the son of a brutal blacksmith to become chief minister of King Henry VIII of England
A self-confessed ‘ruffian’ in his younger days, Cromwell rose out of the slums of Putney to become a mercenary, merchant and member of Parliament and eventually the right hand of the king, helping Henry VIII get his marriage to Queen…
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